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Young Adults Called to Global Mission

The ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission Program (YAGM) has called 87 young adults into service, beginning in August. The program has grown significantly since its inception in 1999. This year’s number of 87 is a 20% increase from last year alone. This growth is made possible through generous individuals, congregations, and synods who support this program and the faithful young adults who answer God’s call to service.

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Faith Comes Alive for Karen at Lutheridge!

Faith Alive! is a confirmation retreat program at Lutheridge in the nonsummer months, but in the case of Karen Gilbertson, “Faith Alive!” took a more literal role in her life. Yes, she attended Faith Alive retreats; not one, not two, but EIGHT retreats! Lutheridge and Faith Alive retreats served as Karen’s confirmation curriculum, as she was the one and only confirmation-age youth in her congregation, Telico Village, Tennessee. When asked about her time taking part in Faith Alive, Karen responded, “It was a lot of fun and the food was always the best!” Beyond that, she said that she met some counselors who really wanted to get to know her on a personal level, which helped her feel included and excited to go back for Faith Alive each time!

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Companion Synod Mission Trip

The South Carolina-Tanzania Companion Synod’s Mission 2016 team will be leaving on July 3rd from Columbia Airport. Fourteen team members will be participating. Our ministry centers around partnership activities including visiting schools (uniform dedication and VBS) working in the medical clinics (medical care, dental care, outreach clinics and home health care), visiting the Women’s groups (orphanage, child enrichment center, sewing center), checking the safe water systems and Trinity College building, and of course worshiping together.

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South Carolina Synod Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Imagine walking the streets of Jerusalem or sloshing through the waters of Hezekiah’s tunnel. Imagine learning on the steps of the Temple Mount; praying at the Western (“Wailing”) Wall or in the Garden of Gethsemane and then kneeling inside the tomb where it is believed that they laid our Lord after he died. Imagine worshipping at the Church of the Nativity over the site where Jesus was born, and having a Service for the Affirmation of Baptism at the River Jordan. Imagine the story of Jesus’ healing of the blind man as you sit on the steps of the Pool of Siloam which have just been uncovered, or out on the Sea of Galilee feeding the seagulls as you listen to the reading about Jesus’ calming of the sea when he was on the boat with his disciples. Imagine floating in the Dead Sea, standing on top of Masada and exploring the area where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Imagine one day after another unfolding, rich with conversations, among Christians, Jews and Muslims about the impact of history and what it means to actually live in the Holy Land today.

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Reflections of the Holy Land: Bethsaida

Bethsaida was my favorite place on our trip to the Holy Lands. The morning was damp and we hiked the road that the disciples would have hiked. We sat in a place where it is believed that Jesus said to those fishermen, “Come and follow.”

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Reflections of the Holy Land: Living Stones

While in the Holy Land, we heard about the living stones, the stories of real people and their struggles from all three major religions. Hearing from a Palestinian, an Orthodox Jew, and a Christian Archbishop made all the places we visited come to life in a way that photographs cannot portray.

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Reflections of the Holy Land: Church of the Holy Sepulchre

One of the incredibly moving parts of our trip was our visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Inside is both the traditional site of the tomb where Jesus was laid and the spot on Golgotha where they believe Jesus’ cross was. We had plenty of time that morning, so we were able to take our time while visiting these sites.

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Reflections of the Holy Land: Church of the Nativity

It was Christmas Eve. Well, it was Epiphany in the Western Church, but for our Eastern brothers and sisters, it was Christmas Eve, and we found ourselves in Bethlehem at the Church of the Nativity. Needless to say, it was a popular location this day. We stood in line for what seemed to be a very long time.

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The Joy of Giving for May-June

This is the sixth article is a series of six focusing on the theme: “The Joy of Giving: How the Practice of Giving Draws the Heart to God.” This series, based on the words of Jesus, “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21), provides opportunity to hear the stories of hearts that are brought to that joyful place of being one with our generous God.

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Lutheran Hospice

While a huge portion of the ministry of Lutheran Homes of South Carolina takes place in our five retirement communities, through the years other ministries have evolved as a natural extension of our ministry with older adults. One of those ministries is Lutheran Hospice, which provides compassionate end of life care for patients and their family members.

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SCLRC Building+Renewing+Believing

Early last year, the South Carolina Lutheran Retreat Centers entered into Phase II of the Building+Renewing+Believing Capital Campaign with the focus on renewing many of the existing facilities at Camp Kinard and Coastal Retreat. One of the major goals of the campaign was the much needed replacement of the 32 year old roof and surrounding soffits at Coastal Retreat.

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